"ardent; fiery"

Seraphina Origin and Meaning

The name Seraphina is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "ardent; fiery".

Seraphina is one of the most-searched name on Nameberry, destined for even greater popularity. The highest-ranking angels, the six-winged seraphim, inspired the lovely name Seraphina.

The name was first was brought into the contemporary spotlight when chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their second daughter, following the influential choice of Violet for their first. Shockingly, however, it was not until 2023 that Seraphina cracked the US Top 1000. Today's parents finally seem to be recognizing this name as a fresh and distinctive alternative to popular Sophia.

Latinate version Serafina is also getting some attention; the name is enjoying a style revival thanks to the current taste for strong, old-fashioned, yet elaborately feminine names.

A variation, Seraphita, is the eponymous heroine of a Balzac novel.

For now, Seraphina remains a beautiful, distinctive choice. Other name ideas if you like Seraphina: Raphaela, Angelica, Serena, and Sabrina.

# 974 in the US

Seraphina Rank in US Top 1000

# 53 on Nameberry

Seraphina Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Seraphina Popularity

Famous People Named Seraphina

  • Seraphina Sforzabeatified Italian nun
  • Seraphina Wattsdaughter of drummer Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones
  • Seraphina Rose Elizabeth "Sera" Affleck (b. 2009)daughter of actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Seraphina in Pop Culture

  • Seraphina Dombeghmain character in Rachel Hartman's 'Seraphina'
  • Seraphina "Sera" main character in 'Unremembered' by Jessica Brody
  • Seraphina and Angelica Arthuret"the Vestal of Fair,ladies" in Sir Walter Scott's 'Redgauntlet' (1824)
  • Seraphina Tiffanydaughter of Mr and Mrs Tiffany in Anna Cora Mowatt's mid,19th,century comedy 'Fashion' (1845)
  • Seraphinaheroine of Jemmy Lirriper's tale in 'Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy' (1864) by Charles Dickens
  • "Seraphina" 1809 novel by Caroline Burney
  • Seraphinacat from the movie 'Barbie and the Princess and the Pauper'
  • Seraphinamain character in Barbara Cartland's book The Frightened Bride
  • Seraphinavampire in Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • SeraphinaQueen of Mouseland in the Angelina Ballerina children's book series
  • Seraphina Grace "Saffy" Blythecharacter from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton
  • Seraphina Picquerycharacter in J.K. Rowling's "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
  • Seraphina de Miromaracharacter from the "Water Fire Saga" book series.
  • Serafina Pekkalawitch in Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ books

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